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T H E CO NRA D N. HI LTO N FOU N DATI O N is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels. We provide funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world. Since our inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants globally through our grantmaking programs and Humanitarian Prize work.

Photo courtesy of IRC.

Cover photo courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust.


A L E TTE R F RO M T HE P R ES I DENT

Our Legacy, Our Approach and Our Future At the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, our grantees and partners continue to inspire us and drive us to fulfill our legacy and mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world. As we enter our 75th year as a grantmaking organization, we remind ourselves that success requires action, learning and risk-taking. It is the responsibility of philanthropy to be nimble. With clear goals in mind, we are committed to finding solutions and delivering on our promise and mission, and we are open to the process. This openness is unique to philanthropy, and private funders must play the critical role of testing

solutions and learning from them. We must maintain an openness in our work if we want to advance our collective mission. However, the changes we seek for the communities we serve cannot be achieved from our efforts alone. The search for solutions to our world's challenges is a constant, iterative process that requires close partnerships and an openness to learn from one another. The time is now to be unrelenting in our efforts. Through collaboration and knowledge-sharing, our vision of a world without disadvantage will become attainable.

Peter Laugharn, President and CEO

P H I L A N THRO P I C AP P ROAC H The Foundation pursues a strong and proactive philanthropic approach that exemplifies the values practiced by our founders—Integrity, Thinking Big, Humility, Stewardship and Compassion. In our grantmaking, we aim to enact bold, transformative change through the strengthening of opportunities and the dismantling of systemic barriers. The principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our approach, and guide both our internal and external work. Our investments involve generating new knowledge, giving voice to those we serve and collaborating with grantees and other stakeholders to focus our impact. We invest in seven program areas: Catholic Sisters, Disaster Relief and Recovery, Foster Youth, Homelessness, Hospitality Workforce Development, Safe Water and Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS.

The Foundation also supports organizations in four transitioning program areas: Avoidable Blindness, Catholic Education, Multiple Sclerosis and Substance Use Prevention.

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Catholic Sisters Recognizing Catholic sisters as global leaders in sustainable human development In his last will, Conrad N. Hilton charged the Foundation to “give aid to the Catholic sisters, who devote their love and life’s work for the good of mankind.” Like our founder, we recognize Catholic sisters as resourceful agents of social change who selflessly serve in places where human needs are deepest. Catholic sisters around the world are vital, frontline actors in human development efforts and share a commitment to serve people from all walks of life and religious beliefs. Our vision is for Catholic sisters to become recognized as global leaders in sustainable human development, grounded in the vitality of their services and spiritual witness. Through the Catholic Sisters program, the Hilton Foundation seeks to reinforce the internal strength and vitality of sisters’ congregations and conferences, while also supporting the external service and ministries of sisters and the organizations they lead. By 2030, the Catholic Sisters program aims to increase the capacity of sisters to meaningfully address poverty, and elevate the recognition of sisters as moral leaders and voices of change in the global effort to relieve human suffering. Catholic sisters from around the world are leaders in human development.

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P ROGRA M A R EA

Disaster Relief and Recovery Supporting disaster preparedness, relief and long-term recovery Natural and manmade disasters are increasing in complexity, frequency and duration. In 2019, it is estimated that nearly 132 million people (one in every 70 people) worldwide will need humanitarian assistance and protection. From a comprehensive response to wildfires in California to continued support for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, we help alleviate the suffering caused by crises around the globe, through both immediate response and longer-term recovery. Our approach focuses on promoting more efficient and effective assistance and protection, and investing in community-based organizations to build local humanitarian leadership. We strive to sustain institutions, partnerships and emerging technology that strengthen the global community’s ability to respond to disasters. Our partner BRAC’s child-friendly space at Kutupalong, Cox's Bazar. BRAC keeps children safe from exploitation every day, and helps to establish a sense of normalcy. Photo courtesy of BRAC.

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Foster Youth Ensuring that transition age youth in foster care become self-sufficient, thriving adults Foster youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are an often-overlooked population with greatly underutilized potential. When provided with a solid foundation of expansive opportunities, strong relationships and new pathways, foster youth can achieve success. We collaborate with partners to move public child welfare systems and policies away from a one-size-fits-all approach. Our work focuses on enhancing intentional inclusion of young fathers, technology that connects youth to support and advocacy capacity for effective systems and policy reform. Teenagers and young adults gather around a mural at The Door, a New York City-based organization that is working to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Photo courtesy of The Door.

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Homelessness Ending chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County People experiencing chronic homelessness are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society, often requiring a disproportionate and costly amount of public health and safety services. A wide body of research shows that permanent supportive housing is the best, most cost-effective solution. In partnership with the public, philanthropic, nonprofit and private sector stakeholders at work on this urgent issue, we aim to eliminate chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County. Together, we will do this by creating and operating permanent supportive housing, ensuring that the most vulnerable are housed in these units and can stay there as needed, and preventing more people from becoming chronically homeless. Barbara, a resident of New Genesis Apartments at Skid Row Housing Trust who formerly experienced homelessness, stands in the courtyard of her new apartment building.

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Hospitality Workforce Development Cultivating successful career pathways to transform the lives of youth The hospitality industry holds great potential for improving the life trajectory of young people through career placement and advancement. This promise is particularly strong in New Orleans—where hospitality is on the rise and a significant population of youth possess the ability to thrive within the industry. We work to connect youth to opportunities in hospitality, elevate the perception of the industry and propel systemic change. Together with our partners, we share a vision in which all youth can obtain economically-sustaining, fulfilling careers. Our partner, Liberty’s Kitchen, trains motivated young adults for careers in the restaurant industry. Photo courtesy of Liberty's Kitchen.

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Safe Water Accelerating reliable access to safe and affordable water services The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector is striving to meet new global ambitions— pushing for bigger and better water services. To move forward, the sector has identified a need to reduce widespread inefficiencies, eliminate duplicated efforts and measure what matters most to communities. We embrace this challenge by driving impact in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda at the district level. We explore new solutions and put effective approaches within reach for households, health facilities and schools. A mother drinks water outside a community health center in the village of Diatoula, Mali. Photo courtesy of WaterAid.

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Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Improving early childhood development outcomes for young children affected by HIV and AIDS Supporting children and families is critical during the first 1,000 days of life when development is most rapid and when responsive caregiving and early learning provided by parents and other caregivers contributes to healthy child growth and development. This is particularly true for children living in communities where there is a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Together with our partners, we aim to demonstrate effective, scalable approaches to improve growth and development outcomes for young children in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Ruth, 20 months, plays with her father, Losan, outside their home in Malawi. Losan, his wife and Ruth participated in a parenting program supported by Catholic Relief Services. Photo courtesy of Catholic Relief Services.

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Transitioning Program Areas

AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS

Photo courtesy of The Carter Center.

Together with our grantees, our efforts have made critical contributions toward preventing avoidable blindness from cataract and trachoma over the past two decades. We will transition out of cataract surgery funding in sub-Saharan Africa with most support ending in 2020. The Foundation will continue to reinforce national programs to eliminate trachoma in Mali, Niger and Tanzania until respective targets are reached, likely within the next several years. As we transition our investments, we will aim to solidify learnings and contributions to the sector, while encouraging new funders to join in this work.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION

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Our work involved leveraging public funds to ensure that low-income families have access to Catholic education. By 2021, we will transition out of funding private school choice and concentrate funding for Catholic education within the Los Angeles Archdiocese through our Catholic Sisters program. This will give the Foundation opportunities to dive more deeply into improving educational outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our local community. During the transition period, we will convene the field to celebrate work and share best practices, and set up the next generation of stakeholders and funders for success.


Following an organizational decision in 2018, the Foundation will slowly phase out of four program areas. This decision was made to increase the focus of the resources we are honored to steward, and as part of a governance practice our board engages in approximately every five years.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Our work in the Multiple Sclerosis sector has involved seeking a cure and improving quality of life for those who live with the disease. As we transition, we will seek strong partners to ensure the continuation of our research and patient services priorities. Most of this work will occur in 2019 with full completion by 2022.

SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION Our commitment to preventing youth substance use involved enhancing access to early intervention to help limit experimentation and reduce risky behavior before serious social and health problems develop. Through 2021, we will focus on solidifying, summarizing and disseminating important learnings and knowledge around substance use prevention through a range of key resources. During the transition period, we will work to identify other sources of leadership and support to encourage ongoing investment.

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Honoring extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering At $2 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to nonprofit organizations judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. The Hilton Humanitarian Prize was established in 1996 as a tribute to Conrad N. Hilton’s lifetime of personal philanthropy. Each year, nominations are received from around the world and a final selection is made by a prestigious, international jury. SHOFCO, 2018 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Recipient. Photo courtesy of SHOFCO.

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Photo courtesy of IRC. Photo courtesy of Liberty's Kitchen.

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The Hilton Legacy Grounded by humble beginnings, Conrad N. Hilton dreamed big, thought big and acted big— building the largest and most profitable hotel empire of his era. Central to Conrad’s spiritual foundation was an enduring commitment to the “supreme virtue” of charity that “binds all men in one great brotherhood.” Conrad’s son, Barron, carried on his father’s work. The two shared a vision of a humanitarian foundation that worked to help people in need around the world, with the ultimate objective of a society where no one is left behind.

The Foundation is honored to carry on this legacy 75 years after our inception.

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